WV College and Career Readiness Standards

  • West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards are the roadmap for our student's journey toward college and the competitive, global workforce. These standards are a set of West Virginia developed high expectations that educators use to help students achieve graduation and become successful in school, work and life. These are the goals that will direct students to read and think critically, process information, draw logical conclusions, and become effective communicators, both verbally and in writing.

    These standards are consistent goals held for all West Virginia students and include what students should know and understand at each grade level. The West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards  increase in complexity and rigor as the student progresses through grade levels. The standards are not a curriculum, as is so often believed. Teachers determine the exact paths (or the curriculum) that are taken to meet the goals and exactly how the standards should be taught in their classrooms.

    Our West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards serve as an all-important roadmap for our students, teachers, administrators and parents. They establish a direction and an endpoint for the journey. Our valued teachers determine the pathways taken to reach these goals, depending on the specific needs of their students. The ultimate destination of the journey is to graduate students who are well-prepared for school, work and life.

Review the Standards...

  • English Language Arts standards focus on students becoming both critical readers and thinkers using fiction and informational texts. They learn to gather evidence from multiple sources and to defend their opinions based on the knowledge they have acquired. This set of standards also includes requirements for students to develop written and verbal communication skills to relay information and ideas in an effective manner.

  • Science learning standards address science content, engineering design and literacy.  These standards are to ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students will have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science and engineering to engage in public discussion on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives; are able to continue to learn science outside of school; and have the skills to enter the careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering and technology.

  • Standards for Mathematics focus on developing a logical progression of learning, with mathematical concepts becoming more complex through each grade level. Students are expected to learn universal math concepts on a meaningful level, building upon exposure, experiences with how and why math works in the real-world, and prior knowledge to enhance critical skills and develop a deeper understanding of those essential concepts.

  • Social Studies Standards promote proficiency in civics, economics, geography and history.  Students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills independently and collaboratively as they engage in informed inquiry in social studies.